August 7, 1966: Fisher's Six-Hitter Gives Mets Split

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Date: August 7, 1966
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 4
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Jack Fisher, Ron Swoboda, Billy Murphy
Key play: Swoboda’s and Murphy’s RBI singles

The Mets and Cardinals faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After dropping the opener, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game of the twinbill. Jack Fisher pitched a six-hitter as the Mets defeated St. Louis, 4-1.

Fisher surrendered only a walk to Lou Brock in the top of the first inning. Ed Bressoud and Ken Boyer got back-to-back singles against Cards’ starter Al Jackson with one out in the bottom half. Ron Swoboda singled to drive home Bressoud and a called third strike was thrown past Larry Elliot. Billy Murphy hit a single to score Boyer for a 2-0 Mets lead. On the play, Swoboda got caught between bases and was tagged by second baseman Julian Javier for the third out.

Fisher and Jackson each allowed three hits in pitching scoreless ball from the second inning to the sixth. Jack set down the side in order in the top of the seventh and Ron Hunt doubled to open the bottom half. Bressoud’s sacrifice bunt moved Hunt to third base and Boyer was given an intentional walk. Swoboda hit a single to bring home Hunt with the Mets’ third run of the game. Elliot reached on Jackson’s error that allowed Boyer to score for a 4-0 New York lead. Redbirds’ reliever Ron Piche issued a walk to Murphy. St. Louis’s Hal Woodeshick then got Ed Kranepool to hit a ground ball to Javier for an inning-ending double play.

Dal Maxvill tripled to begin the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Phil Gagliano hit a single to score Maxvill and advanced to third base on a single by Brock. Tim McCarver lined to first baseman Kranepool for an unassisted double play and Tito Francona grounded out to third baseman Boyer to end the inning. Cardinals’ reliever Nelson Briles then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Orlando Cepeda grounded out to shortstop Bressoud to lead off the top of the ninth. Mike Shannon was retired on a grounder to Boyer. Fisher then struck out Charley Smith to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.